What Else Can You Do?
In the event your insurance will not cover the cost of your chosen treatment option, there are other options.
- Loans – A loan from a bank may provide you with the financial resources needed for your treatment option. Equity lines are often a popular choice to fund weight-loss surgery. Shop around and try to get the best interest rate.
- Financing Plans – Check with your doctor and see if financing plans are available.
- Credit Cards – Many times credit cards are used to pay for medical expenses. Check with your doctor to see which ones are accepted. In addition, credit cards may also offer the ability to cash advance on them (be aware of the interest rate on cash advances as they may be higher than purchasing rates).
- Borrow Money – There is no shame in asking a loved one or a friend for a loan.
Other Ways You Can Advocate for Safe and Effective Treatment
The OAC offers a variety of educational and advocacy pieces to help you become an effective advocate for change. By visiting the “Advocacy & Support” section of the OAC Web site at www.obesityaction.org, you will have the resources to advocate to legislators, regulators, the media, the public and your insurance provider.
It is important to raise awareness of morbid obesity to everyone you can. By doing so, you will not only improve the quality of life for yourself, but also all others affected by severe obesity.
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